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Dick Schneiders
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-whooow ... very impressive collection. I am so happy that you didn't start collecting chess computers first instead of records! Otherwise there would be nothing left for us.

Bernhard


I really did want to collect chess computers, instead of records, when I first started.  However, when I started to collect these records, around 1960, there were not many dedicated chess computers around.   

So I gave up and went to records instead.

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Quote from: Dick Schneiders on March 12, 2005, 07:25AM   

Well, I haven't counted them in many years.

However, a rough estimate:

20,000 LP's (33 1/3 rpm);
40,000  45's (45 rpm);
Several thousand  78's (78 rpm);
500 thick Edison discs that only play on the Edison wind-up phonographs (80 rpm)
Several hundred wax cylinders that only play on the cylinder players from about 100 years ago;
A hundred or so of a variety of strange records from the early part of the 20th century that would only play on one brand of machine;
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whooow ... very impressive collection. I am so happy that you didn't start collecting chess computers first instead of records! Otherwise there would be nothing left for us.

Bernhard
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Wow!  Now I know I will never catch you. 

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How many records have you got?

A couple of hundred chess computers would be a piece of cake.

Have you beaten the Mephisto yet?

All the best
Mike


Well, I haven't counted them in many years.

However, a rough estimate:

20,000 LP's (33 1/3 rpm);
40,000  45's (45 rpm);
Several thousand  78's (78 rpm);
500 thick Edison discs that only play on the Edison wind-up phonographs (80 rpm)
Several hundred wax cylinders that only play on the cylinder players from about 100 years ago;
A hundred or so of a variety of strange records from the early part of the 20th century that would only play on one brand of machine;

Oh, and 500 or so CD's - I always forget about these as I still don't think of them as "records";

As to me beating the Mephisto - Uh, not yet, but I haven't read the manual to figure out how to put it into the Easy mode.    I have actually been using the Saitek President most of the time, lately.  I like just about everything about it.  Once I learn how to use the Exclusive/Polgar, then it will probably become my current favorite.

At least, until the next one I purchase.

Dick Schneiders


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How many records have you got?

A couple of hundred chess computers would be a piece of cake.

Have you beaten the Mephisto yet?

All the best
Mike
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« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2005, 12:38AM »
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seller leg-queen (what a combination: leg -> selling high heels, queen -> and chess computers ) writes, that the Boris was modified with recargeable batteries for using it with a solar charger (not included). He delivers a power supply but says he did not test the Boris for functionality. Sound at least strange to me. And 20 euros for shipping is much to high for a small computer. Normal are 7 to 8 euros inside Germany including insurance.

Leg-queen writes, that the ARB can't be tested because of a missing power supply. And the Elite + printer has a power supply, but he did no testing ...

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Thank you very much Bernhard.

Hmm no testing and no solar charger. That has dampened my enthusiasm. I think that leg-queen should just sell the high heels and boots.

Ismenio have you come across a solar powered wristwatch that plays chess?

Best to all
Mike
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« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2005, 11:40PM »
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Quote from: Mike Watters on March 11, 2005, 02:04PM   
There is a much stranger one on Ebay at the moment. The listing says it is solar powered 

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=5173981531&ssPageName=STRK:MEWA:IT

At least that is what I think it says. Maybe Bernhard can help me out on the translation.
seller leg-queen (what a combination: leg -> selling high heels, queen -> and chess computers ) writes, that the Boris was modified with recargeable batteries for using it with a solar charger (not included). He delivers a power supply but says he did not test the Boris for functionality. Sound at least strange to me. And 20 euros for shipping is much to high for a small computer. Normal are 7 to 8 euros inside Germany including insurance.

Leg-queen writes, that the ARB can't be tested because of a missing power supply. And the Elite + printer has a power supply, but he did no testing ...

Good luck!
Bernhard

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hi at all!
Thank you for your kindness ismenio , I'm very happy to be a part of the chess collectors family!
Ok ok , I see for the morning if "boris" run or I say if have a problem thank you one more.
Soldering iron and screw driver  : no for the moment but I want to learning it!
mike : 130-140 !! ouaa! It's a great collection!! I've got the small conic (without  chessboard) you can see the same model at:
http://www.xs4all.nl/~tluif/chescom/EngMas1.html
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« Reply #7 on: March 11, 2005, 07:25PM »
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Hi Dany! Please don't apologize for your English! We're glad to have you with us.

Regarding your Boris, I have a 2nd spare that I use for parts and you're welcome to have what you need to get yours working. Are you comfortable playing with a soldering iron and screw drivers?

Let me know what you think.

Accueillez notre forum mon ami!

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My Boris 2.5 modular arrived today, and it is a neat little machine.  Since the module came in a separate box, and looked as if they were sold separately, did they produce a range of different modules?  I have a receipt for the module, from 1982, for $60.

Also, Mike, I got the Mephisto Exclusive/Polgar yesterday.  I haven't yet had the time to do much with it, and just got the manual today.  The pieces are much larger than I expected.  The dark squares on this Exclusive board are very light in color, hardly much darker than the light ones.  Is this the way your Exclusives are?  The pictures I have seen appear to have much more contrast between the squares.  This one is in excellent condition, though.

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You can see all the chess modules on Karstens list:-

http://www.schachcomputer.at/kb.htm

In addition there was a Borcheck Checkers module and a Las Vegas Blackjack module, both of which I had once  and I think there may have been Reversi/Othello and possibly others.

The openings, main program, endings switch-modules idea was a cunning plan that was soon doomed to failure. But an interesting cul-de-sac of chess computer development.

The Exclusive boards vary, the Chinese boards are stained and have darker dark squares, but I have not heard that one before. I have just looked at the photos on the listing and from those I would say that the pictures at least look very similar to my best board. Personally I like the mellow colours. Swap you for a Chinese board?

Mike
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130-140.  Mainly 1977-1984 Oldies, robots and wooden boards.
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Wow!  Now I know I will never catch you. 

My Boris 2.5 modular arrived today, and it is a neat little machine.  Since the module came in a separate box, and looked as if they were sold separately, did they produce a range of different modules?  I have a receipt for the module, from 1982, for $60.

Also, Mike, I got the Mephisto Exclusive/Polgar yesterday.  I haven't yet had the time to do much with it, and just got the manual today.  The pieces are much larger than I expected.  The dark squares on this Exclusive board are very light in color, hardly much darker than the light ones.  Is this the way your Exclusives are?  The pictures I have seen appear to have much more contrast between the squares.  This one is in excellent condition, though.

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thank you mike
You know I love boris too much!!
It is very sweet machine
I'm happy to test it !

A boris with solar powered  , It's so strange , you play with it only the day!?....;D


How many chess sets have you?

bye!


Hi Dany

130-140.  Mainly 1977-1984 Oldies, robots and wooden boards. You have three or four I don't have. Which Conic have you got?

I live in a development of solar powered houses so I have my eye on any solar powered chess computer  It must store the power in a rechargeable battery, but I really need Bernhard to explain it to me. I may be getting this completely wrong. What a machine to dazzle your friends with. 

Mike
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thank you mike
You know I love boris too much!!
It is very sweet machine
I'm happy to test it !

A boris with solar powered  , It's so strange , you play with it only the day!?....;D


How many chess sets have you?

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Dany

I am sure that your Boris will run fine on 9 volts. They are sweet "Retro" machines. I have three of them unfortunately one is in pieces.

Ismenio has one with the power lead coming in from the side -
http://www.ismenio.com/Chess_BORIS_10.JPG

There is a much stranger one on Ebay at the moment. The listing says it is solar powered 

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=5173981531&ssPageName=STRK:MEWA:IT

At least that is what I think it says. Maybe Bernhard can help me out on the translation.

Leg Queen seems to have all the best machines at the moment. And a very seductive range of footware as well.

All the best
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hi at all!

thank you for your welcome , alain and mike !
I talk about the boris in walnut case , I want to know If it may be ran on 9 volts because I can buy an adaptator 9V ?

Thank you !!
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Hi Dany and welcome !


Quote from: dany on March 11, 2005, 10:47AM   

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Hello Dany

Welcome to the forum !!

My Boris Diplomat power adaptor (American) says on it 9 Volts 225 mA. Of course they run off batteries as well so you do not have to use an adaptor.

If you mean the Boris in the walnut case my adaptor says 10 Volts and 1000mA.

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Hello!
good evenibg all (excuse my english so bad , I'm french)

I am passionned to vintage chess computers . My (small)
collection :
graduate chess    scisys
chess traveller      scisys
mephisto II
chess challenger 10
boris
super system III
saitek cavalier
octo novag
computer chess conic
infew days ---> boris diplomat II
micro chess challenger (not fonctionment)

And my first question is :
I sent the boris without alimentation .Do you know the voltage it need ?
Thank you for your response

Bye!
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